WESSON, Miss. - The Copiah-Lincoln Community College football team has set the precedent in the MACJC for December graduation for several years, and 2019 was no exception as the program awarded 25 players degrees on Wednesday morning. Many of these players helped lead the Wolves to an MACJC playoff run in 2018 during their freshman campaigns and finish their careers at Co-Lin with a 10-9 overall record.
"This class finished strong just like our players last year," said Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis. "This is a group of really good guys that have grown and trusted the process that we put them through. As a staff, we can not be more proud of these men."
Many of the graduating players immediately contacted four-year programs with their intentions to play next season as the graduation ceremony on Co-Lin's Wesson campus fell on National Signing Day.
December graduation for community college football players places them in an excellent position to excel at the next level. Practicing in the spring and becoming acclimated to the college during the off-season is very desirable to four-year coaching staffs.
"We always talk about making our players marketable and putting them in the best position," said Davis. "Our players getting to enroll in these programs in January puts them in a great place at the next level."
Co-Lin has built an atmosphere of success around student-athletes in providing opportunities on the field and in the classroom. The Wolves have now graduated over 60 players in just the last three years in December.
"Co-Lin has always been a leader in graduating student-athletes and our football program is another example of that," said Co-Lin athletic director Bryan Nobile. "Coach Davis and his staff strive to develop these players both on and off the field and having 25 players graduate is a testament to their efforts. We are very proud of what these guys mean to our college and we look forward to watching several of them at the next level."